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Noreen Taylor C.M.

Noreen Taylor C.M.

Board Chair
Founder, The Charles Taylor Foundation
Noreen Taylor is the founder of the RBC Taylor Prize and Chair of the Board of the Charles Taylor Foundation and Chair of Canadian Stage. She has a lifelong interest in the arts and arts education, first by teaching art and art history, then overseeing the Claude Watson School for the Arts (at Earl Haig Collegiate Institute) as its founding Artistic Director. In recent years her passion for the arts was manifested in her positions as Chair of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, as member of the Canadian Curatorial Committee of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and as a member of the Board of the National Ballet of Canada. Health care is the other driving force that occupies her attention. Following the lengthy care of her husband Charles, she became committed to patient care, first as a community representative for Cancer Care Ontario, then as a force behind the creation of a Palliative Care Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital, and now as Board Chair of Saint Elizabeth, Canada’s largest not-for-profit home care organization. She is currently President of Windfields Farm Limited.
Heather McClure

Heather McClure

Treasurer
Senior Vice President Operational Finance, Rogers Communications Inc.

Heather McClure is currently the Senior Vice President Operational Finance, Rogers Communications Inc. Prior to joining Rogers, she was the CFO at Workopolis, a Canadian online recruitment company. She has extensive experience in the telecommunications sector having held CFO positions at WIND Mobile and Virgin Mobile Canada. In addition, she held a number of senior positions at both Bell Canada and Bell Mobility. Early in her career Heather worked in Finance at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton and St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University.

Don McCutchan

Don McCutchan

Secretary
International Policy Advisor Gowlings
Don McCutchan is an international policy advisor with Gowlings, one of Canada’s leading law firms. Don has extensive international experience working with government and related agencies, including the IMF, the World Bank and the OECD. A former senior official at the Canadian Department of Finance, Don is a director of St. Jerome's University, the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation, and the Couchiching Institute of Public Policy. He is a past president of the Canadian Association of Income Funds, and a former director of Transparency International - Canada, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Empire Club of Canada. Don was educated at the University of Waterloo and University of Toronto.
Dr. Albert Agro

Dr. Albert Agro

Chief Medical Officer, Cynapsus Therapeutics
Dr. Albert Agro has served as the Chief Medical Officer of Cynapsus Therapeutics since August 2010. Since September 2008, Dr. Agro has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of HNZ Strategic Holdings, Inc., a pharmaceutical and biotech consulting firm developing treatments for serious diseases. Prior to this role, Dr. Agro was Senior Vice President, Drug Development of TransTech Pharma, a pharmaceutical company, from September 2007 to December 2009. Dr. Agro completed his Ph.D. from the Department of Medicine at McMaster University. Dr. Agro has been an assistant professor, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster University since September 1996. He is the recipient of a Michael J. Fox Foundation Clinical Scholarship for his work on Apomorphine.
Bill Chambers

Bill Chambers

Principal, W.B.Chambers Consulting
Bill Chambers is the Principal at W.B. Chambers Consulting, which focuses on strategy, governance and leadership for Non-Governmental Organisations.  Prior to this role, Bill was the Vice President, Strategy and Public Affairs for CBC/Radio-Canada where he had worked from 2003 to 2015. Bill has also served as Managing Director, Europe for market researcher Goldfarb Consultants and as Vice-President Corporate Affairs for The Molson Companies Limited . From 1981 – 1988, Bill worked in government where, among other things, he served as Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister. Bill holds a Master of Business Administration from the European School of Management (EAP/ESCP) in Paris, France and a Bachelor of Science from Concordia University in Montreal. Bill is the past Chair of the Board of Save the Children Canada. He also currently sits on the Board of UNICEF Canada.
Michael Fullan

Michael Fullan

Executive Director Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto
Michael Fullan is the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto and an ex-officio member of its Board of Directors. He has had extensive experience working with developmentally challenged families and numerous family service agencies. He is very active in his parish and the Archdiocese of Toronto and is an activist of the development in the Catholic community. He holds a Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a member of the Ontario Association of Professional Social Workers and of the Ontario College of Certified Social Workers.
Shirlee Sharkey

Shirlee Sharkey

President & CEO, Saint Elizabeth
Shirlee Sharkey is President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Elizabeth, a leading national health care organization known for its social innovation, strong financial performance and pioneering practices. Under Shirlee’s leadership spanning over 20 years, Saint Elizabeth has grown significantly and currently delivers 6.8 million health care visits annually and employs over 8,000 people. Shirlee has dedicated her career to the advancement of health leadership, championing social issues and finding new ways to tackle age-old challenges. A registered nurse by training, Shirlee holds her Bachelor of Science from the University of Windsor and her Masters of Health Administration from the University of Toronto. The recipient of numerous awards, a published author and a sought-after speaker, Shirlee’s energy and passion is well known and respected in the health, business and innovation communities.

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Philip Smith

Philip Smith

Senior Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer
Philip Smith is the Chief Financial Officer and Head of Operations for Scotiabank’s Global Banking and Markets division. He is responsible for the oversight and leadership of all aspects of GBM’s Operations groups and the Finance function. He plays a central role in influencing strategy and shaping the financial direction of the division. Prior to this appointment, Philip held the role of Deputy Head of Global Investment Banking, where he was responsible for the equity capital markets and investment banking activities of Scotiabank, including the coordination of advisory activities. Philip also held a variety of positions within Global Banking and Markets in the Wealth Management, Equity Capital Markets, and Investment Banking areas. Philip holds an MBA in Analytic Finance from the University of Chicago and a BA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University.
John Stackhouse

John Stackhouse

Senior Vice-President, Office of the CEO, RBC
As Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO at RBC, John is responsible for interpreting trends for the executive leadership team and Board of Directors with insights on how these are affecting RBC, its clients and society at large. Prior to this, John was editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail (2009-14), editor of Report on Business, the newspaper’s national editor, foreign editor and its foreign correspondent based in New Delhi, India (1992-99). He has authored three books: Out of Poverty, Timbit Nation, and, most recently, Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution. John is a Senior Fellow at the C.D. ‎Howe Institute and the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. In the community, John serves on the Board of Directors for Saint Elizabeth Health Care, World Literacy Canada and the Ditchley Canada Foundation.

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